Former JOURNEY Singer STEVE PERRY Joins EELS On Stage For Second Time In A Week (Video)

Former JOURNEY singer Steve Perry joined alternative rockers EELS on stage for the second time in a week — this time Saturday night (May 31) at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. where he performed four songs with the group. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

Perry — whose rumored return to JOURNEY has been the cause of rock gossip and band denials for several years — once again joined in on the EELS‘ song “It’s A Motherfucker”, which Perry had previously included on his iTunes celebrity playlist. He introduced the track by stating: “There is a song that really spoke to me. It is a song about profound loss. I recently lost someone who is the love of my life and I revisited that song. It meant even more to me.”

Perry also touched upon how his collaboration with EELS came about, telling the audience: “For years we [Perry and Everett, EELS‘ singer and primary songwriter] have been friends. And for years, we have played croquet, we have gone to dinners, we hang out. ‘Why don’t you come out sometime and sing?’ I haven’t done it in a long time… I want to thank the EELS for getting my ass out and singing with them.” Perry then covered Sam Cooke‘s “Only Sixteen” before delivering the same two JOURNEY classics — 1981’s “Escape” power ballad “Open Arms” and 1979’s “Departure” album standout “Lovin,’ Touchin’, Squeezin'” — that he performed with EELS on May 25 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Although Perry didn’t attempt to hit the highest notes during his first appearance with EELS, Everett told The Wall Street Journal: “I like his voice better now. He’s got that experience and grit… Steve is pure heart, and that’s what I want out of an artist.”

Perry‘s unannounced appearance with EELS in Saint Paul marked his first public performance since his last solo tour in 1995.

The singer told The Pulse Of Radio that the passage of time only further solidified his opinion of how incredible JOURNEY was during its heyday. “What a great band we once were,” he said. “What a great band. I think the older I get, the more I’m able to look back at the forest now, ’cause I certainly walked out of the trees. I think everybody was just following their heart and their nose and following that lead. Just doing what we do. We’re a band. We record, we rock, we instinctually reach for what we believe’s a good idea — and argue about stuff, agree, disagree and move forward. And we were just crankin’.”

DIMMU BORGIR Guitarist SILENOZ Explains New Album Delay

Guitarist Sven Atle Kopperud (a.k.a. Silenoz) of Norwegian symphonic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR and the death metal supergroup INSIDIOUS DISEASE was interviewed by Inferno TV at this year’s Inferno metal festival, which was held April 16-19 in Oslo, Norway. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked about his upcoming musical projects, Silenoz said: “Of course we’re always writing music for the new DIMMU album. And I have written most of the music, finished, for the next INSIDIOUS DISEASE album. So there’s a lot of stuff going on. Time flies by, and before you know it, it’s, like, four years since we released the last DIMMU album. Usually we take a couple of years between each release, but now it’s [taken longer and] two more [years have gone by]. But we haven’t rushed, really, because we’d rather take our time and make an album that we can fully appreciate and stand behind.”

DIMMU BORGIR‘s follow-up to 2010’s “Abrahadabra” is tentatively due in early 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.

DIMMU BORGIR‘s most recent touring lineup included Geir Bratland (APOPTYGMA BERZERK, THE KOVENANT) on keyboards and Terje Andersen (a.k.a. Cyrus; SUSPERIA) on bass.

“Abrahadabra”, the ninth album from DIMMU BORGIR, was released in Germany on September 24, 2010, in the rest of Europe on September 27, 2010, and it was made available in North America on October 12, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

UNISONIC To Release ‘Light Of Dawn’ Album In August

UNISONIC, the band featuring former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist/vocalist Kai Hansen alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (ASIA, GOTTHARD and KROKUS), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany’s PINK CREAM 69), will release its second album, “Light Of Dawn”, on August 1 in Europe and August 12 in the U.S. via earMUSIC. The effort will be released in four different configurations:

* Standard CD featuring 12 tracks
* Deluxe digipak edition CD which contains 13 tracks
* Gatefold double vinyl (also featuring 13 tracks plus a download code)
* A strictly limited box set

The “Light Of Dawn” artwork was again created by graphic artist Martin Hausler.

“Light Of Dawn” track listing:

Standard CD

01. Venite 2.0
02. Your Time Has Come
03. Exceptional
04. For The Kingdom
05. Not Gonna Take Anymore
06. Night Of The Long Knives
07. Find Shelter
08. Blood
09. When The Deed Is Done
10. Throne Of The Dawn
11. Manhunter
12. You And I

Deluxe CD

01. Venite 2.0
02. Your Time Has Come
03. Exceptional
04. For The Kingdom
05. Not Gonna Take Anymore
06. Night Of The Long Knives
07. Find Shelter
08. Blood
09. When The Deed Is Done
10. Throne Of The Dawn
11. Manhunter
12. You And I
13. Judgement Day

Boxset Deluxe CD

01. Venite 2.0
02. Your Time Has Come
03. Exceptional
04. For The Kingdom
05. Not Gonna Take Anymore
06. Night Of The Long Knives
07. Find Shelter
08. Blood
09. When The Deed Is Done
10. Throne Of The Dawn
11. Manhunter
12. You And I
13. Judgement Day

Exclusive “The Early Demos” CD

01. Souls Alive
02. I’ve Tried
03. Cry Out Loud
04. The Other Side
05. No One Ever Sees Me

* Exclusive Seven-Inch Vinyl single

A1. Exceptional (Karaoke version)
B1. We Rise (Live 2012)

* Exclusive T-Shirt
* 6 brand new pictures
* Exclusive poster

Vinyl

A1. Venite 2.0
A2. Your Time Has Come
A3. Exceptional
A4. For The Kingdom
B1. Not Gonna Take Anymore
B2. Night Of The Long Knives
B3. Find Shelter
C1. Blood
C2. When The Deed Is Done
C3. Throne Of The Dawn
D1. Manhunter
D2. You And I
D3. Judgement Day

UNISONIC released a new EP, “For The Kingdom”, on May 23 via earMUSIC. Produced by Ward, the EP contains the fast album track “For The Kingdom”, the exclusive song “You Come Undone” (only available on this release) plus four previously unreleased live cuts: “Unisonic”, “Never Too Late”, “Star Rider” and “Souls Alive”, all recorded at the 2012 edition of the Masters Of Rock festival in Czech Republic. The EP cover artwork was created by Martin Hausler.

“For The Kingdom” was made available on CD, strictly limited 12-inch vinyl and as a digital download.

The track listing is as follows:

01. For The Kingdom
02. You Come Undone (EP exclusive track)
03. Unisonic (live 2012; EP exclusive track)
04. Never Too Late (live 2012; EP exclusive track)
05. Star Rider (live 2012; EP exclusive track)
06. Souls Alive (live 2012; EP exclusive track)

The official lyric video for the song “For The Kingdom” can be seen below.

UNISONIC‘s self-titled debut studio album was released in North America on May 22, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.

“Unisonic” was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels, Belgium. The CD — which features 11 tracks, plus a bonus live version of HELLOWEEN classic “I Want Out”, only available on the domestic edition, and cover art by Martin Häusler (MEAT LOAF, GOTTHARD, HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD) — marked the first full-length musical union between Kiske and Hansen in 23 years.

UNISONIC released its debut EP, “Ignition” on January 27, 2012 via earMUSIC/Edel. The effort included the track “Unisonic” plus one demo song and a cover version of the HELLOWEEN classic “I Want Out”, recorded live on October 15, 2011 at the Loud Park festival at Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan.

Hansen‘s position in GAMMA RAY is unaffected by his involvement with UNISONIC.

UNISONIC is:

Michael Kiske (vocals)
Mandy Meyer (guitar)
Kai Hansen (guitar)
Dennis Ward (bass)
Kosta Zafiriou (drums)

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ARCH ENEMY’s ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ Interviewed On Australia’s ‘Rabid Noise’ (Audio)

Nev Pearce of Australia’s “Rabid Noise” podcast recently conducted an interview with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz of Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

ARCH ENEMY‘s new album, “War Eternal”, will be released in North America on June 10 via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.

ARCH ENEMY played its first show with new singer Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of THE AGONIST, on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic “Wages Of Sin” (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place.

Check out photos of the concert at Metalhead.ro.

In a recent interview with Turk Gitar, ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott stated about Angela‘s exit from ARCH ENEMY: “It was a sudden change for the fans; we know that. But, of course, these kind of big steps in life don’t come easily, and I believe this was a gradual thing that kept growing in Angela‘s mind for some time.

“We had decided to take 2013 off from the road and any sort of band activity. The only thing we were doing was writing music and also there always the plan to go into the studio and record at the end of 2013. As the scheduled recording time got closer, Angela informed us last year that she would definitely be stepping down from her position in the band.

“To be honest, it was not such a huge surprise to the rest of us, as there were a lot of conversations of that nature leading up to that point. I made the changes in the band that were necessary for ARCH ENEMY to continue and keep the music alive.”

Regarding Alissa‘s more versatile vocal approach compared to that of Gossow, Amott said: “Alissa has many different vocal styles that she can do very well… She is much more versatile in that aspect than Angela. But for ARCH ENEMY, we are sticking with the aggressive vocal style that we are known for.

“When I started the band in 1995, I had the idea to make the most heavy melodic band of all time, combining elements of extreme death metal heaviness and thrash speed alongside traditional heavy metal and hard rock influences with the harmonies, melodies and solos. We are very much staying true to these roots of the band on ‘War Eternal’.”

Speaking to Metal Underground, Alissa had the following to say about “War Eternal”: “The circumstances surrounding the creation of this album, writing the lyrics and recording it, I’m just happy to have it finally come out. I think people are going to like it. The production quality is amazing! I always wanted an album that would sound this full. I’m a really big fan of this album, myself. Even if I weren’t in the band and ARCH ENEMY put out this album, I would pick it up and say it’s great. I’m really excited.”

On the topic of the new album title, Alissa said: “This album ended up being a lot more personal than maybe some of my previous or Michael‘s previous lyrics. In the past, a topic like war or a political or global issue was what we normally wrote about. We were writing in two different bands, but we happen to have similar topics in our writing. Then when we were writing for this album, we had a collection of lyrics for this album, but we found that we were actually writing on similar things. Fighting the ongoing war in your day-to-day life, everybody has their battle going on that nobody else knows about. And then there are song titles like ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’ and on and on, I think it ties in very nicely. It wasn’t something we planned out, but that is the way it turned out, so it worked out really nicely. I think we really saw eye to eye and were experiencing similar things in our lives, so we ended up writing about the same topics even though we have different styles of writing lyrics.”

SEBASTIAN BACH Is ‘Transformed’ Into LADY GAGA On ‘Sing Your Face Off’ (Video)

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach is one of the contestants in ABC‘s new competition series, “Sing Your Face Off”. Actor John Barrowman (“Torchwood”, “Arrow”) hosts the show, which features five celebrity contestants taking on the identity of an iconic music performer each week.

ABC launched “Sing Your Face Off” last night (Saturday, May 31) from 9 to 11 p.m. Two all-new episodes will air back to back in that two-hour time period each week. The show is described as a talent variety competition where celebrities are transformed and trained to perform as a legendary musical icon. Over the course of the series, five personalities — Bach, basketball star Landry Fields, comedian Jon Lovitz, singer China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) and actress Lisa Rinna (“Days of Our Lives”) — will take on the identity of an iconic music performer. Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond are the primary judges, and scheduled guest judges including David Allen Grier, RuPaul, Carnie Wilson, Richard Simmons, Tom Arnold and Carmen Electra.

“From the hours in the makeup chair to the days spent with choreographers and vocal coaches, each show will feature the complete transformation — not just physical — the celebrities will embody everything about the assigned icon — their walk, their talk, and their distinguishing mannerisms leading up to the live performance in front of the studio audience,” according to production notes. “Viewers will get the chance to see each of the celebrities portray multiple musical performers during the series — such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Pavarotti, Pitbull, Britney Spears, and Tina Turner, to name a few.”

Video footage of Bach as he is transformed into Lady Gaga and MAROON 5‘s Adam Levine, singing “Bad Romance” and “Moves Like Jagger”, can be seen below.

“Sing Your Face Off” is produced by Endemol USA with Georgie Hurford-Jones (“America’s Got Talent”) as executive producer.

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